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IC/IBS food restrictions Need to gain muscle mass

By July 22, 2011 - 8:45pm
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Up until my hysterectomy (1 ovary left) I was able to manage my IBS for 2 years. After I developed a yet to be diagnosed bladder/pelvic issue that my doctors are treating as IC. I would like to not constantly take meds so I have tried an elimination diet. Problem is I am not getting enough protein. I cant have soy, tofu, peanuts, red meat is hard for me to digest, pork as well...Basically everything except eggs, and fish. That is not going to work for me. I am starting back on my weights, and my swimming as well as my elliptical and yoga. I am losing weight and I need to be gaining it. Prior to all this I depended heavily on soy and whey protein. Abt 30-40G total mostly consumed right after my workout. So now what can I do? Is Whey still an option? I was thinking of getting C, Bcomplex, and B12 injections as well since I also cannot eat fruit (except one type of apple and pears). I see the list on the ICN site of what I cant have.. but not allot of what to replace it with, paired with the restrictions for IBS. I am finding myself easily falling back into a disintrest in eating at all... not good I dont want to be there again... I know I should go to a dietitian but I am have on avg 4-6 dr an therapy apts a week, I cant fit anything else in and cant afford it either.

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You are very welcome... I'm so glad to see your enthusiasm!
Will keep you in my thoughts and hope that therapy is helpful in reducing your pain.

Wishing you the best,


July 24, 2011 - 8:04am

Thank you Rosa :) I am so glad to have something new to try. Yay! I get my first instillation of Heparin and Kenalog on Monday after my electrostim - biofeedback therapy I am hopeful it will bring down my pain level as well which is of course conducive to me being active and having an appetite. Oh multivitamins how I miss them... I am not supposed to take those anymore. But my PharmD who does my compounds gave me a listing of vitamins he has in Slow Release like a vitamin C (I forgot the name) that is PH neutral. and he said skips the liver. also a B sub-lingual tab that has the full complex and goes in to the system directly as well. I guess I didn't pay much attention to the fact that he compounded his own line of vitamins and supplements. Kinda cool. So now I feel like I have allot more to work with. Thank You Again!!!!!

July 23, 2011 - 6:44pm

Hi catastrophi101,

Thank your for your post and welcome to EmpowHer! Grains and Legumes are also two good sources of protein. A supplement of B12 is a great idea and should be included in your diet along with a multivitamin.

I found a great site that I think you will find helpful: http://icadvice.com/node/174

Also, here are some protein bar recipes that contain no dairy, no soy, no sugar, or flour-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/ma/Recipe-Protein-Bars-(No-Sugar,NoFlour,Low-Glycemic/62/1/17279953

Hope this helps,


July 23, 2011 - 7:29am
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